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Cocoa is Growing Fine in the Osa Peninsula

 

Despite in other places in the world the cocoa crops are hampered by the rising rainfall due to global  warming, the Osa Peninsula offers the possibility of growing good crops of COCOA.

This is, possibly, due to the fact that local variety of Cocoa trees, had time for to develop some kind of resistance against most of the fungi that grow in high percentage of humidity , a constant in the whole Osa Peninsula from the beginning of the times.

Local Farmers in their small farms had always produced some quantity of Cocoa for the local market or for their personal use, never creating big farms dedicated to this specific production, so, the population of Cocoa trees remained very variated with great differences in the genus, producing a natural selection against the sickness that are destroying this crop in other areas.

so, another opportunity for to increase the earning in a Micro Farm in the Osa Peninsula is to plant Cocoa trees and, maybe, start producing some high quality CHOCOLATE for the local market and sell it in the High End Hotel Shops, or in the always more diffused Souvenir Shops in Puerto Jimenez

Here follows an article of the International Business Times about the future of Cocoa in the most productive countries in the world…….it s time to plant Cocoa trees in the Osa Peninsula!!

Cocoa Trees in an Osa Peninsula Micro Farm. These threes need the shadow of dense and semi-dense forest for to grow and produce their fruits, a great cultivation for an Eco Forest Micro Farm

Cocoa Trees in an Osa Peninsula Micro Farm. These threes need the shadow of dense and semi-dense forest for to grow and produce their fruits, a great cultivation for an Eco Forest Micro Farm

 

 

 

Global Warming Makes Chocolate Dearer

Imagine a world without chocolate. Chocolate is definitely slated to become a luxurious commodity if steps are not taken to halt the impact of global warming. This has been emphasized in new findings by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) notes chocolate likely to become a luxurious commodity if steps are not taken to halt the impact of global warming. The annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world’s cocoa produce.

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) notes chocolate likely to become a luxurious commodity if steps are not taken to halt the impact of global warming. The annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world’s cocoa produce.

The CIAT study reveals that if preventive measures are not taken, the annual temperature increases and changing rainfall patterns would most likely hamper crop production efforts in West Africa, which currently supplies half of the world’s cocoa produce. Fifty three per cent of the world’s chocolate supplies come from Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana but increase in temperatures and changing precipitation in these regions could mean brisk decline in growing conditions over the coming decades.

The report says that between 2030 and 2050, land suitable for cocoa production would be reduced with the likelihood of cocoa production to be shifted to less suitable areas. This change is seen to largely impact the chocolate industry globally while also hurting local farmers who rely on cocoa crops for their livelihood.

The cocoa trees play an “absolutely critical role” in the region’s rural life, said lead author Peter Läderach, CIAT. “Hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers use “their cocoa trees like ATM machines,” he said.”They pick some pods and sell them to quickly raise cash for school fees or medical expenses.”

As developing nations like China import more and more chocolate, global demand for chocolate has shot up. The findings note that shortage of cocoa could impact it’s demand leading to a price hike, an event which is most likely to be felt around 2030.

“What we are saying is that if we don’t take any action, there won’t be sufficient chocolate around in the future,” said Läderach. “Already we’re seeing the effects of rising temperatures on cocoa crops currently produced in marginal areas, and with climate change these areas are certain to spread,” noted Laderach.

The study proposes finding new heat and drought resistant crops that could thrive in West Africa, while helping to transition cocoa production to more suitable areas.

The study utilized 19 climate change models indicating that even a two-degrees Celsius increase in temperature by 2050 is enough to cause areas like Ghana and the Ivory Coast too hot for cocoa plantation. In the likelihood of a temperature rise, it would be difficult to sustain cocoa farming as water would also become scarce. This, in turn, is expected to endanger developmental stages of cocoa pods that contain the “cocoa bean” which is the primary source of chocolate.

Areas growing cacao trees in the Amazon basin have also fallen victim to fungal infections. Recent reports state that Mars Candy Company is joining the USDA to sequence cacao genome before fungal blight reaches West Africa.

The Cocoa Research Association had in the past raised concerns that small farmers earn just 80 cents a day through cacao farming. Also, there is no incentive to replant cocoa trees when they die off. The five-year crop cycle is a damper in the absence of incentives and recent years have seen cocoa farmers migrating to cities instead.

As the health benefits of chocolate finds new takers, the insatiable demand for chocolate consumption has not been rallied by an equivalent supply chain.

via Global Warming Makes Chocolate Dearer – International Business Times.

The Perfect Escape from The Perfect Storm

In the Past years the idea that “…big is Beautiful and Good…” was the dominant concept about almost every field of our lives, including Osa Peninsula Real Estate, and everybody was looking for huge properties, with exotic features, often with no relation at all with the kind of use it was supposed to have.

After the 2008 Wall Street crash, the world is no more the same.

So now nine over ten inquiries we receive at The Osa Peninsula Properties,  are about small pieces of land with basic features as road access, electric grid, title, possibility of build a simple house and , if possible, some fruit tree already producing.

Fruits of Mamon Chino o Rambutan ( Nephelium lappaceum L. ) in a Micro Eco Organic Farm in the Osa Peninsula

Fruits of Mamon Chino o Rambutan ( Nephelium lappaceum L. ) in a Micro Eco Organic Farm in the Osa Peninsula

 

Oceanfront Properties are now at the end of the list of inquiries, while Ocean View or Forest View Properties, are still considered an interesting feature, but only if they offer  good land for to plant fruit trees, vegetable, grains for the chickens  and there is some good source of freshwater inside the property

What does this means?  It means that a lot of people tired of fighting against a bad economy, rising social and interpersonal problems, more inquisitive rules that reduce everybody freedom, are thinking to  a possible escape to all this jazz and are looking for a small piece of paradise where to live and produce all, or the most of what is necessary for a simple, healthy, rural lifestyle , before that the Perfect Storm will erase everything.

The good new is that, due to the same world recession, the prices of small lands and medium farms have decreased sensibly.

In this moment, for example, we area able to offer a piece of fertile land of 2.3 hectares ( almost 6 acres), on the hills close to Puerto Jimenez, with good water, a creek running on the lower border of the property, a small but sturdy house, gentle breeze for a relaxing sleeping, great forest view, a good road that need 4WD only during the Rainy Season and more available land on one border, for the really bargain price of 50.000 USD

 

6 acres of fertile land good for a Small-Eco-Organic Farm with a simple house in  the Osa Peninsula

6 acres of fertile land good for a Small-Eco-Organic Farm with a simple house in the Osa Peninsula

This Property, located at less than 20 minutes from Puerto Jimenez Downtown, offers the opportunity to start immediately a project of Micro Farming with the possibility of live in the same property from the very first day, using the existing small, but sturdy house, all built with tropical hardwood collected in the same property by the former owner.

The land around the House had been used for to produce fruits and vegetables in the past ten years, and it is ready for to receive new seeds and give food enough for to easily sustain a family and chickens, some pig, rabbits, goats, etc.

 

So, if you have a budget inside the 100.000 USD for to buy a piece of land for to start your Micro Eco Farm, considering, maybe a 50.000 for the land and another 50.000 for the House building, here we are offering you an unique opportunity for to  save 50.000 USD for a fresh start, and use the saved money for to improve the existent house or the farm set-up.

Call us at our office phone : ++ 506 2735 56 26

or email us at  : info@theosapeninsulaproperties.com

You will never find a better opportunity for a Perfect Escape to the Perfect Storm that is already over us.

Not only Fruit and Vegetables in a Micro Farm in the Osa Peninsula

The wide array of environments present in the Osa Peninsula, offer, in almost every Farm Land, some spots that can be easily converted to a shallow pond, fed with natural springs, or creeks that run all the year long , specially in the farms that have good Forest areas.

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Tilapia-Fish-Production-Ponds,-naturally-fed-by-a-fereshwater-spring,-in-a-Small-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula

Protection-of-a-Tilapia-Fish-Production-Pond-with-a-mesh,-avoid-the-predation-by-Kingfishers-and-Airons

Protection-of-a-Tilapia-Fish-Production-Pond-with-a-mesh,-avoid-the-predation-by-Kingfishers-and-Herons

In these Ponds is quite easy to produce good quality Tilapia Fish in quantity that , often, are much more than the normal need of a family, creating the conditions for the begin of some small local Business like a Restaurant specialized in serving fresh caught Tilapia, or a Family Small Farm that serve this fish to occasionally visitors and clients of Hotels in the area that add an Organic Farm Tour for to entertain their clients.

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Catching-Tilapia-Fish-from-a-pond-inside-a-Small-Micro-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula

 

Obviously the possibility of to develop this kind of Fish production inside our Project  of Small Farm and Micro farming, is one of the priorities we fix in the search of the right property for somebody that is thinking to bring the food production self sufficiency to the higher point is possible.

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TiLapia-Fish-from-a-pond-inside-a-Small-Micro-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula

TiLapia-Fish-from-a-pond-inside-a-Small-Micro-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula

TiLapia-Fish-from-a-pond-inside-a-Small-Micro-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula

 

Our Small Farm and Micro Farmer Experts will help you to locate the right spots where to dig or, in most of the cases, just adapt an existing pond, for to create a good Fishery with all the characteristics, in term of water flow, exposition to sun, sizes and depth, for to start your persona Fish production, and will follow you until you will be able to manage it by yourself.

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A-good-Specimen-of-Tilapia-Fish-from-a-pond-inside-a-Small-Micro-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula-2

Purchasing the right quality of alevins, the good quality fish food specific for this specie, are the base of the right start for to obtain a fish production that will surprise you for the quick they will grow and the huge amount of fresh protein you will have at disposition for a balanced diet.

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A-good-Specimen-of-Tilapia-Fish-from-a-pond-inside-a-Small-Micro-Organic-Farm-in-the-Osa-Peninsula-is-prepared-in-the-traditional-wooden-fire-stove

 

If You are short of recipes for this kind of Fish, don’t worry the wife of some of our Fish Farming Expert, will show you how to obtain Coconut Oil from the fruits of your Coconut Palms, that grow in every land, in the Osa Peninsula, and with a good wooden fire stove, maybe assembled by yourself, you will be able to prepare for your Family and Friends, some plate like these…..

Tilapia-Fish-Produced-in-a-Small-Organic-Farm-of-the-Osa-Peninsula,-seved-in-Zero-Impact-dishes

Tilapia-Fish-Produced-in-a-Small-Organic-Farm-of-the-Osa-Peninsula,-seved-in-Zero-Impact-dishes

 

 

Farm+House+Fruits&Vegetables= Happiness

More and more people are looking for an alternative to the kind of life they have in the developed countries.

More and more people are looking for a piece of land were to move, build an house, simple but comfortable, start some fruit and vegetable production and became a MICROFARMER.

A tropical farmer is showing a juicy pineapple just harvested in his small organic farm

One of Our Expert Tropical Farmer with a sample of his Production

We imagine that the most of people that are thinking in this jump, are, at the end of the information search and analysis, find that there is a too high percentage  of risk due, more than any other factor, to the lack of experience needed for to have success with fruit and vegetable production.

The Forest trail inside a Forest and Agricultural farm with oceanview,freswater spring and  river side

The Entrance of one of our lands apt for to became a Small Tropical Farm

And this is not wrong at all. If you have enough time money for to continue play the game of attempt-mistake-learn-correct for a few years, probably, at the end of the learning curve, you can have some satisfactory result, a lot of work done  and, maybe, a lot of fun.

But if , as normally happens in these days, you have a not infinite budget, and the time you have for to start to became self-sufficient for the basic food, is not measurable in term of decades, probably, you would enjoy the help of some expert that has a life span experience in food production using the techniques and resources available in the area where you  found that beautiful piece of paradise.

Oceanview from the Building Spot of a Small Farm in the Osa Peninsula

Oceanview from the Building Spot of a Small Farm in the Osa Peninsula

We have several pieces of beautiful, often unique, land that are apt for to start a SMALL FARM PROJECT, we have the knowledge,  materials and skill for to project and build an house that will fit with your needs and designed for the kind of environment and weather we have here, in the Osa Peninsula, and, thing that make us unique, we have the persons that have the necessary experience for to show you what o do and what don’t do for to have immediately success with your first crop.

Rows of young Pineapples in a Tropical Small Farm of the Osa Peninsula

Rows of young Pineapples in a Tropical Small Farm of the Osa Peninsula

 

 

Rows of Pineapples close to Fruit Production in a Tropical Small Farm in the Osa Peninsula

Rows of Pineapples close to Fruit Production in a Tropical Small Farm in the Osa Peninsula

 

A just forming organic  Pineapple produced in a Small Tropical Farm in the Osa Peninsula

A just forming organic Pineapple produced in a Small Tropical Farm in the Osa Peninsula

What we are offering you is not just the possibility of purchase one gorgeous piece of land, and is not just the opportunity of having built a custom-tailored House plenty of FINE TROPICAL HARDWOOD, but we are offering you a full service that include something that is difficult to evaluate in term of commercial value, we are giving you the sum of all our experiences in REAL ESTATE, TROPICAL BUILDING, and FAMILY SIZED TROPICAL FARMING.

 

The river side of an Osa Peninsula Land, ready for to became a Small Tropical Farm

The river side of an Osa Peninsula Land, ready for to became a Small Tropical Farm

It took us twenty years for to be able to offer you this FULL INCLUSIVE package, twenty years we spent putting together the experience and knowledge necessary for to live comfortably here around, and run a small farm for you and your family.

Let us talk about your dream, and, very, very possibly, we will have a  project for to make it real.

Contact us at : info@theosapeninsulaproperties.com

 

Awalk along the river Side of a Forest - Farm Land in the Osa Peninsula

A walk along the river Side of a Forest - Farm Land in the Osa Peninsula